Natural gas’s implied volatility
Usually, natural gas (GASL)(GASX) futures and gas’s implied volatility are inversely related. On March 3, 2016, the implied volatility was at 53.8% and natural gas futures were at their 17-year lowest closing price. Between March 3, 2016, and October 26, 2017, natural gas futures rose 76.3% while implied volatility fell 28.8%.
Next-seven-day price range
With a probability of 68%, natural gas active futures could close between $2.89 and $3.21 per MMBtu (million British thermal units) in the next seven days, given natural gas’s implied volatility of 38.3%. In this model, prices are normally distributed with a standard deviation of one.
On October 26, natural gas December futures closed at $3.05 per MMBtu. So there’s a possibility that US natural gas futures could fall below the $3 mark, which could negatively impact ETFs like the United States Natural Gas Fund LP (UNG), the ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas (BOIL), and the First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas ETF (FCG). These ETFs are meant to track natural gas futures.
For more updates on natural gas prices, see Are Natural Gas Prices Set to Rise?